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salon not saloon? : against the assaults of boors and madmen

In practice the Academy became a closed circle of conventional talents , of men skilled equally in he manipulation of trite formulas for painting and the manipulation of advantageous personal contacts. The situation was deplorable, but it was also inevitable. … Continue reading

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NO ACCOUNT TO SETTLE IN THE AFTERLIFE: Dionysus Banking System

“In the first place, let me treat of the nature of man and what has happened to it; for the original human nature was not like the present, but different. The sexes were not two as they are now, but … Continue reading

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DEAD MEN TALKING: IN MOURNING FOR SQUARESVILLE

“June 22 saw the publication of the second installment of Life and Loves Among the Beatniks. Allen Brown quotes freely from Norman Podhoretz and Herbert Gold. He describes the day of a typical beatnik as waking late in the morning … Continue reading

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EXILE BY THE RIVERS DARK: OU EST LE SOLEIL

”His profile, pitched in a precisely preconceived profile of a pose, the enormous ear, the prominent nose. His chin – smooth, not yet his signature unshaven chin— juts serenely, sagely, slightly upturned. The lips, sensual-soft, poised in mid-exhale. As if … Continue reading

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IN-SEINE IMPRESSIONS OF ART & INSULT

From source to estuary, the Seine has lavished her curves and geniality upon those drawn to her, particularly artists who have endlessly pursued her image, thus each finding their own.In the mind’s eye, one sees the Seine only in the … Continue reading

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TIE DYE REVOLUTIONISTS: BAD CHEMICAL REACTION

Yesterday’s radicalism fades in unaccountable ways into today’s reaction, and what the revolutionaries intended to build may turn out the precise reverse. ( Hannah Arendt ) What was new with the 60′s counter-culture was the sheer mass character of the … Continue reading

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Dylan & Rimbaud: Whose Not There?

Should Bob Dylan be considered a songwriter or a poet? Dylan was asked that very question at a press conference in 1965, when he famously said, “I think of myself more as a song-and-dance man.” It is indisputable, though, that … Continue reading

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